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One knows how much the Watergate affair affected those who were exposed, in addition, to the other hidden aggressions of the Nixon administration. As Klein said at the time, Dick proposes that the blowing up of the established order -- by civil disobedience, for example -- could only check their power. ] I write this to my German friends and not to my American friends because my American friends, like myself, have become too weary to fight or care anymore. We fought a wonderful battle to dislodge Nixon, but our energy was gone, then.
And the Lysol Lady silent in her apartment waiting for the knock. Perhaps I could tape a note to the Lysol Lady's door. It could read: MADAM, I AM SYMPATHETIC TO YOUR POSITION AND WOULD LIKE TO ASSIST YOU. IF YOU WISH ME TO ASSIST YOU, I LIVE UPSTAIRS IN APARTMENT C-1. How would I sign it? Fellow loony, maybe. Fellow loony with $52,000 who is legally here whereas you are, in the eyes of the law, a squatter. As of midnight last night. Although the day before it was as much your apartment as mine is mine.
McNelly, an English professor at the University of California at Fullerton with whom Dick enjoyed friendly relations. The essay appears here for the first time in its full typescript length, which is roughly one-third longer than the original published version. "Michelson-Morley Experiment Reappraised" first appeared under the title (supplied by an editor) as "Scientists Claim: We Are Center of the Universe" in New Worlds, No. 216, September 1979. "Introduction" to Dr. Bloodmoney, written in 1979, was first published in the 1985 Bluejay Books edition of that novel.